Game 78: Cleveland 7 Rays 1 — Postgame News and Notes

By RaysRadio

Cody Anderson continued his mastery over the Rays on Monday, as he had a perfect game into the seventh inning, as Cleveland beat Tampa Bay 7–1. The Rays (42–36) now are 2–5 on their 10-game home stand but remain in a virtual tie for first with Baltimore atop the AL East.

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That got the Rays within a run at 2–1. Evan Longoria then singled to left, advanced on an error by Michael Brantley, moved to third on a groundout, but Logan Forsythe flew out to right to end the threat. Anderson, who struck out two and walked none while giving up just two hits over eight innings, now has giving up one run in 15.2 innings during his first two starts.

Cleveland then pushed the lead to 3–1 in the eighth on a two-out homer by Yan Gomes off Kirby Yates. Ronald Belisario had a tough ninth, allowing four runs, two on wild pitches, for the final margin.

Nathan Karns had kept the Rays close, despite allowing runs in the first two innings. He held the Indians to 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, and limited damage despite allowing the leadoff batter to reach in the first five innings. He gave up two runs on nine hits over six innings, while walking two and striking out seven.

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The Rays will try to bounce back on Tuesday with Erasmo Ramirez on the mound opposite Danny Salazar. Coverage begins at 6:30 on the Rays Radio Network, with first pitch at 7:10. Dave and Andy will have the call.